Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto

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Get an up-close look at Japanese macaques at Monkey Park Iwatayama, a forested area providing a home to a large troop of native primates. You'll be able to observe the monkeys from the safety of a caged viewing area, but be sure to follow posted instructions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters within unfenced spots. In addition to the monkeys, you'll find that the park features a sweeping view over the nearby city. Plan your Monkey Park Iwatayama visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kyoto using our Kyoto family vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The 30 minute uphill hike to the Monkey Park was definitely worth the trip to see these wild monkeys interact with us humans. They are more tame than wild since many were born and raised among the pre...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We went on our last day in Japan and it was incredibly hot that day, but I was glad we did it! It's about 20-30 minute hike up a mountain with periodic rest stops and cooling off spots. The monkeys ar...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    It's quite a trek up to the monkey park itself but its totally worth it! The monkeys are free to roam around and come as close to visitors as they feel comfortable with. You cannot touch them but you ...  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    I was a bit worried first.... you can feed monkeys and monkeys and tourist don't go well together normally (they can become very aggressive). But this is really wel done. It's a steep hike up (around 20 minutes they say, depending on your fitness level and the weather). You arrive to an observation deck. Where you just can enjoy the view and the monkeys. They are sitting there peacefully. The feeding takes place in a special area that is fenced off. So there is no chance to be bitten or to really touch them. Very well done! 550 yen entry fee for the park. 100 yen for some peanuts to feed the monkeys.
  • June 2, 2017
    Nice walk up to the Monkey Park, although it's a bit steep at times so probably don't wear heels (although if you're wearing heels to a monkey park you've got different priorities than I do). Really nice staff up at the top, and clear instructions posted everywhere on how to behave. Worth a quick stop. Also if you're collecting stamps they have a station here!
  • May 21, 2017
    The climb up took about 15-20 minutes depending on your speed. Mostly sheltered by tall trees on the way up. The monkeys are nice to watch, but really, they are just interested in the food that you hold. It costs 100 yen for either a small pack of peanuts (10 or so), or a small pack of chopped bananas. They seem to prefer the bananas. Place is abit of a far walk from the main JR station, for those making use of the pass. However, there are restaurants along the way. It gets harder to cycle along the main touristy roads towards the mountain.
  • June 16, 2017
    The monkeys are on the top of a 160m hill. The climb to the top is a little difficult, but totally worth it. Carry drinking water with you during the climb. Kyoto cityscape from the top makes all the hard work worth it. You can feed peanuts to the monkeys from a specially designed cage only. Do not try to feed them anything elsewhere, they might snatch away your luggage! Do visit if you're in Kyoto and have some spare time.
  • April 28, 2017
    Those monkeys sure do love their fruit and nuts. Only 500 yens which includes a pleasing short hike up the hill for free (!) to these chilled out monkeys with their fluffy coats and silly human-like faces. The small monkeys are cuter than the bigger ones. They do occasionally bicker which is pretty entertaining too. Go early to avoid crowds but isn't that true of anywhere?

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